If you win the Blendtec…..give your “used” one to someone who will do great things with it!

Shawna Rigby Blendtec
Shawna with sister Heather and 13 month old Jacob guzzling his green smoothie.

We give a fabulous Blendtec Total Blender to someone at every lecture. In Boise, Idaho, Shawna R., who attended with her physician husband, won the blender. She says she is an introvert whose main goal in life is to “blend into the crowd.” She actually considered NOT claiming her grand prize, just so she didn’t have to say anything in front of a big auditorium of people!

But she did great. And took my request to heart: if you win the Blendtec, then the blessing in your winning it is the person you’re going to gift your used one to, rather than you. Shawna, bless her heart (that’s a Utah/Idaho phrase, forgive me, I’ve lived here a long time), went home and gave it serious thought.

The following Monday morning I got online to find this, from her:

“Because I have followed your work for a couple of years now, I already own a Blendtec which I absolutely love and use multiple times a day for everything—green smoothies and beyond.  I began immediately pondering on who I could bless with my old Blendtec.  This morning I prayed that Heavenly Father would guide me to the person who most needed, and would most appreciate, my old Blendtec.  I thought of my younger sister who is also trying very hard to raise her young family on high nutrition foods and has made green smoothies for her family for a long time using a regular, run-of-the-mill blender until the blender broke.

Blessed To Be Blessing-752082They have been struggling financially for a few years and she has wanted a Blendtec desperately for quite some time.  I decided to call her and offer her my old Blendtec.  She couldn’t believe she was about to be blessed with such an amazing item.  She felt guilty accepting it, but told me that for several years she has been entering every drawing she can find that is offering a Blendtec, hoping to win because she knew that was the only way she would get one.

She said, “I know it sounds silly, but I have been praying that God would bless me with this gift so I can help my family.”  And now she has won one by proxy!  We cried together for a moment–her, because she knows God hears her prayers; and me, because I now have the wonderful opportunity to bless her life through this gift.

Thank you for your dedication to educating the rest of us about whole foods nutrition!”What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it, Shawna!

Olympic gold medalist drinks green smoothies!

jamiewomansgoldDid you love watching American snowboarding Gold Medalist Jamie Anderson this month? She’s so smart for how young she is, saying she wants to be active and healthy at 80 years old, and that she knows “eating clean” is how she’s going to do that. And guess what she shows in Yahoo Sports story? That’s right, a GREEN SMOOTHIE! Holy cow, I’m going to talk to Blendtec and get her a REAL blender—what is that sad little beat-up thing she’s using? She uses dried spirulina, nori, and goji berries. But there’s no way she can blend kale, collards, and chard, with that thing. We’ll hook her up. Elite athletes deserve an elite turbo blender. (Get yours at Costco—they have the best deal and warranty.)

(Jamie and I share a love of yoga too, which you’ll see if you watch the second part of this story. It’s absolutely life changing for control of your mind, as well as the flexibility and strength of your body. I quit lifting weights years ago and do level 3 poses and inversions instead, and my upper body muscle definition is retained.)

jamieshredCheck out the story here, where you also get to see some Jamie Anderson snowboarding highlights. She’s a slopestyle champion, where she rides rails and shredders and whatever all those other features are called.

Quick update: We wrote Jamie that we wanted to send her some GreenSmoothieGirl organic, vegan protein powder, and some TriOmega, since she loves superfoods in her smoothies. She wrote back that she’s excited to try them. And we’re working on Blendtec to give her a REAL blender. So stand by, and prepare for Jamie’s mind to be blown!

A story about Marlena in Redding

blendtecThe folks at Blendtec are a blessing to me, and to lots of others, too. They give me a $435 blender to give to one lucky attendee at each of my classes. Once, to an audience of 400 in Dallas, I said:

“This amazing machine is a game-changer for your health. I really wish I could give one to ALL of you!” A lady on the back row yelled out, with her Southern drawl:

oprah“IF YOU WAS OPRAH, YOU WOULD!!”

Well, I’m not Oprah. But I love having one shiny, new giveaway blender at every class. Thank you, Blendtec! Check out Marlena’s story. She came up to me after class and told me her 3-year old daughter was at home, very ill, on her fourth course of Prednisone in three months.

She’d just heard the story of my son’s desperately ill first 15 months of life as a stunted-growth, Failure to Thrive baby on constant steroids and bronchodilators. And the miracle that occurred when we eliminated milk, sugar, white flour, and other processed junk. The story culminates in my son leading the state of Utah in RBI’s his Senior year, and leading his team to State in baseball as the MVP of the team, hitting two grand slams, and pitching a 5-inning near-shutout (12-1) in the finals. He’s 6’4”.

Marlena hadn’t even wanted to come. She wasn’t interested in the message. She just knew I was giving away a Total Blender, plus she knew our longtime reader, Pam Opdyke, would be so disappointed if she didn’t show. Check out Marlena’s story here:

A Story About Maureen in Orlando

Orlando TampaSuch cool stuff happens at my nationwide traveling green smoothie class. I love visiting a city near you and telling stories and research and giving you ideas and incentives to add simple but life-changing habits to your routine.

In Orlando and Tampa, a lady named Maureen volunteered, to my staff, to make the green smoothie samples.

It’s a big job! Not only does she make 3 oz. of smoothie for each person–and our average audience size is 200–but she also provides me a blender, demo ingredients, and more. It’s shopping, blending, organizing, transporting, and serving.

Maureen ekes out a living buying and selling things at rummage sales. She isn’t living a country-club lifestyle. But she is a woman of service and integrity. She does what she says she’ll do.

Somehow she didn’t know that we actually PAY our volunteer to make the smoothies. She had agreed anyway, when Coach Jeanette asked her. She made them for Tampa, with her $20 yard-sale blender.

The next morning, she woke up and was panicked to realize she didn’t have enough money for gas to get to Orlando. So she prayed about it. She says she then went down to the parking lot, and $15 was lying on the ground.

She got stuck in traffic and arrived at the class an hour late. She set up the blender and demo ingredients behind me as I was lecturing.

totalblender-200x300As I went to give away the $435 Blendtec Total Blender we take to every class for one lucky person, Coach Jeanette was standing in the back. She’s an agnostic, not a praying person. But, as she told me later, she was putting out the hope into the universe with her every cell, that Maureen would win that blender. At that point only Jeanette knew Maureen’s circumstances. “Please, please, please,” she whispered, “let Maureen win.”

I pulled out a ticket and read it to the crowd.

Long silence. Maureen let out a tiny gasp. It was her number. She came up to claim the prize with tears in her eyes, speechless. I would learn from Jeanette, only later, what Maureen had been through to get smoothies to several hundred people an hour apart in Florida, two nights in a row.

I also would learn that Maureen was SHOCKED when Kristin paid her for giving her service to us and to the audience. She would have done it for free.

thankyou readers I **love** my readers. As Kristin often says (she works with 5 volunteers at every class), “GreenSmoothieGirl readers are a cut above.”

They are people committed to a life that transcends what “everybody else” is doing. They love sharing the good news about a plant-based diet with others. They are from all walks of life, all the strata of the economic spectrum.  But a desire to help others, and a love of nutrition and wellness, are what bring us together.

god blessMaureen, I don’t know if you read my blog. But if you do, please accept my thanks. I am most humbled to have been served by you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for your sacrifice. I know you’ll use that high-end Total Blender to benefit a lot of folks you meet. God bless you.

Next time, another story of cool stuff that happens at the GreenSmoothieGirl show, and a video I made with a young mama named Marlena who also won a blender in Redding, California.

Bonnie writes us about emphysema and green smoothies

I met Bonnie at my lecture near Baltimore. What a delight she is, a caretaker to her husband with emphysema. We got this email from her. (And I love to read the stories you send my way, so keep sending them!) Bonnie told me she knows diet won’t “cure” emphysema. I said, “But what if it gives you more years with Bob, and he was happier and healthier?”

I think you’ll enjoy this letter Bonnie wrote as our East-Coast friends hunkered down to get through the hurricane:

As I wait for Hurricane Sandy to slam into the east coast, I have been reading The Green Smoothies Diet.  I attended Robyn’s seminar/class last week in Edgewood, Maryland. I had the great pleasure of meeting Robyn after the class. What a warm and sweet spirit!

Since that night I have read 12 Steps To Whole Foods, given up anything containing aspartame (including my 6-pack-a-day diet gingerale addiction), and added sufficient water to my daily life.

I have begun to purge our kitchen of processed foods and anything containing MSG. I was already on the green smoothie train. I have added Steps 2, 3, and 4 from 12 Steps to Whole Foods to my life.

I talked with Robyn about my 3-year journey down from almost 300 pounds through Overeater’s Anonymous. I am no longer on the 100-pound roller coaster I have ridden for most of my life. God has allowed me to release 88 pounds. (I say “released” because saying “lost” implies I am going to look for them.)

God has led me from bingeing and food compulsion, to green smoothies and whole foods, towards health and well being.

There was a time when I would eat 4+ fast-food “meal deals” on my way to or from work.  I would then look for somewhere to throw away the trash so no one would know.  Food was my cocaine….my drug of choice.

Now God has brought me to this new phase of my life.  He did not do this just for me, but also for my husband who has advanced emphysema.  His diet consisted of sugar, pasta, beef and junk.  Why? Because those white flour / sugar products are SOFT.  It is difficult for him to chew, swallow, and breathe.  Eating salad was a major challenge for him.

He had his first green smoothie about 6 weeks ago, and every day since.  His favorite right now is the Hot Pink Breakfast Smoothie. He is virtually off sugar except for us Uncrustables each morning because they’re easy to chew. But he used to have 4 every morning with coffee.

Tomorrow morning I plan to make him a PBJ sandwich using peanut butter powder mixed with coconut water, 2 tablespoons of raw organic coconut oil, on Italian bread. Baby steps! Whole-grain bread will soon make an appearance.

Robyn is teaching me how to make the quality of Bob’s life so much better.  His coloring is no longer gray and sallow.  His skin is pink and his eyes are bright.  I am seeing him get back his sense of humor along with his appetite.  He does not have the constant hacking cough that plagued him all the time. He still coughs, but it is immeasurably better. I think his body was full of inflammation that is being cleared with nutrition. We will not “cure” the emphysema, but we can certainly make the body that houses those terribly damaged lungs a better place for him to live. If this gives us a few more years with a better quality of life for Bob, that’s another blessing in this journey.

As a side note, my carpal tunnel is almost gone in my right hand.  I had surgery for carpal tunnel in my left hand last year, and actually had surgery scheduled for my right hand earlier this year. Life events caused me to cancel the surgery. Thank God! I have (had) severe arthritis in my left thumb that the specialist wants to operate on to rebuild the joint. The pain in the base of my thumb is virtually gone.

I reach out to anyone who asks about what Robyn calls a “gateway drug”—green smoothies.  Okay, I’ll be honest—people don’t really need to ask. I find myself telling total strangers about green smoothies.

I talked with two people yesterday in a grocery store packed with people prepping for Hurricane Sandy, and gave them the website address so they could get more info.  There are five people in my office who have now progressed from the NutriBullet (gateway equipment) to the Blendtec and green smoothies for themselves and their families.

Robyn is on a mission, and the seeds she plants are growing in so many ways, but growing in the same direction toward health and a new happiness with life.  I see my husband and people around me changing…sprouted seeds.

I think Bob may be concerned about power failure in the storm more because the Blendtec needs electricity than for his oxygen concentrator! He says he has backup oxygen tanks, but no backup for the Blendtec.

God richly bless each of you for the work you do.  You have a special place in my heart and in my prayers each day.  You will hear from me down the road to let you know how this is changing our lives.

Bonnie Kauffman

PLASTICS: which ones to avoid, and why!

You’re likely aware that plastics are harmful to your health. They have phenomenally long half-lives, and don’t break down in the body, causing ongoing damage.

Look on the bottom of your bottle, and see the number in the little triangle. Look carefully at this graphic, because the  numbers aren’t consecutive. The worst grades of plastic are 6, 3, and 7.

A 7 is the worst grade of plastic, and most labeled 7 contain the most infamous chemical in plastics: Bisphenol A (BPA).

Water and other liquids leach BPA. This endocrine-disruptor chemical can do crazy things to your hormones. The U.S. finally banned the chemical in baby bottles, after the European Union and Canada did. Wiki says a study found BPA in 96% of pregnant women. It’s been linked to obesity, breast and prostate cancer, and ADHD.

Please don’t use old baby bottles or any other plastic that isn’t BPA free that comes into contact with your food or water. More and more companies are making their plastics without BPA, including Blendtec’s blender jars. But our FDA continues to support the use of BPA in cans, including drinks, and infant formula!

Another chemical to avoid is PVC (polyvinyl chloride), known as vinyl, which contains phthalates, known to cause birth defects in baby boys, testicular cancer, infertility, and asthma. PVC plastics are labeled with the 3 triangle.

So, anything you use that’s plastic, make sure it’s labeled 1, 2, 4, or 5.

Our GreenSmoothieGirl bottles, of course, are BPA free, vinyl free, and phthalate free.